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making news in america this monday morning, severe weather overnight. large hail smashing through car windows, even going through a walmart skylight. new pictures of the damage and more tornadoes expected today. we'll tell you where it's all heading right now. at odds after the health care collapse, the republican party is playing the blame game after failing to repeal and replace obamacare. who the president blames and pro-trump rallies turning violent over the weekend. breaking overnight, high school students hit with an avalanche at a ski resort. the search for survivors right now. and talk about a hazard. a golf ball lands next to a gator. wait until you see what happens next.
it's all right. i'll take the penalty. it's okay. i'll keep on. as we do say good morning to you on this monday, everyone, we are going to start, though, with that severe weather threat for millions of americans. a band of dangerous weather on the move right now. >> the radar shows that system stretching more than 700 miles, mostly over missouri and arkansas. pushing to the east packing high winds, heavy rains and the potential for tornadoes. >> well, they do say everything is bigger in texas including the hail apparently. look at what struck the state overnight leaving damage behind. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: overnight large hail hammering the heartland. severe storms near dallas bringing baseball size chunks of ice falling from the sky. car windshields smashed. suburban homes with windows and roof damage from the hail. even this skylight of a walmart. this pool shows how relentless the hailstorm was at times. all of it piling up on this trampoline. the wild night of storms that included a twister in oklahoma,
the start of what's expected to be several days of severe storms according to accuweather's paul williams. >> we're looking for stormy weather to just continue to be the case as we have a deep dip in the jet stream. unusually warm air to the southeast, so that will set the stage for more storms. >> the weather even impacting the sports world. columbus, ohio, ncaa basketball viewers blacked out from seeing the critical final seconds of the north carolina/kentucky game because the local cbs station suffered a massive technical failure amid a tornado warning. the station airing those final two minutes on a tape delay. we're going to talk about what they missed in those final two minutes a little bit later on in the show, but as paul said there, severe weather expected again today. the biggest concern is through memphis and the mississippi valley. isolated tornadoes and damaging winds are expected. >> then a surge of warm air on tuesday for the northeast. nearly 60 degrees in new york city. 73 in d.c., 80 in raleigh. i can't wait. >> yep.
all right, turning to our other top story and new reaction from the u.s. overnight as russian police arrest hundreds of protesters. >> that massive crackdown was a response to anti-corruption demonstrations in dozens of cities. at least one american is among those arrested. abc's molly hunter is tracking the developments overnight from london, and she joins us live. molly, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, kendis. that's right. strong words from the u.s. overnight, reaction to this, just look at these pictures. it's the largest unauthorized protest in years. a rare sight in russia. people took to the streets in nearly 100 cities across the country. more than a thousand people were detained. now, alexei navalny, the opposition leader and anti-corruption activist called for these protests. at least one american journalist detained and released, his
alec lund, who works for "the guardian." he tweeted, i was released after 5 1/2 hours after being arrested at the navalny protest and charged with holding an unsanctioned rally. thanks for the messages and support. now, late last night, the state department released a statement saying the united states strongly condemns the detention of hundreds of peaceful protesters adding it is an affront to core democratic values and the u.s. is troubled to hear of the arrest of alexi navalny. now, the u.s. has also called on russia to release all peaceful protesters. kendis, linzie. >> it did take the state department quite a bit to bring out that statement but finally they did. all right, the white house may be looking to hit the reset button after the stinging failure of the gop health care bill. >> the political blame game is had are are heating up as republicans try to move forward with president trump pointing the finger at conservatives who refuse to get on board. abc's elizabeth hur joins us now. elizabeth, a lot of monday morning quarterbacking taking place. >> reporter: certainly sounds
like it, kendis. and for his part president trump made it clear this is not the outcome he wanted but he is moving on, but the white house maintains revising obamacare is still a priority. the gop's health care bill, dead on arrival delivered an embarrassing defeat for president trump who is now blasting conservative republicans tweeting democrats are smiling. the head of the heritage foundation isn't backing down insisting the gop plan would not have lowered premiums, writing president trump, i agree with you. we can now get a better bill. the chair of the freedom caucus also taking heat from the president responded on abc's "this week." >> and he is blaming you for saving planned parenthood, saving obamacare. >> well, i mean at this particular point, i can tell you no one has been more self-critiquing than my -- than me. >> reporter: over the weekend rallies broke out from coast to coast, some erupting in violence between trump supporters and protesters. with tensions running high, the white house chief of staff told fox news, health care reform isn't dead yet. >> i don't think the president's closing the door on anything in regard to the issue of health care.
>> reporter: the next step for the administration, coming up with a bipartisan solution. democrats agree to an extent. >> we're not going to pose things because the name trump is on it, but we're not going to compromise our values away. >> what i'd say, i think, and i want the president to hear me say this, we're ready to talk about how we can make some improvements in the affordable care act. >> reporter: well, some are now even calling for speaker ryan to step down claiming he is to blame for this epic failure. but the white house maintains the relationship between the president and speaker ryan is stronger than ever. kendis and linsey. >> i can just imagine what former speaker john boehner is thinking just watching it all from afar. thanks. south korean prosecutors are looking to arrest the ousted president. a statement today calls for an arrest warrant to be issued for park geun-hye. park was forced out of office this month amid a corruption scandal. an arrest would be the next step before she can be formally charged.
park has denied any wrongdoing. here at home, a musical memorial was held for the utah man killed in last week's terror attack in london. 54-year-old kurt cochran and his wife melissa were the first pedestrians hit on westminster bridge. kurt was killed when he was thrown over the bridge. melissa is still recovering in a london hospital. they were celebrated, and he was remembered by fellow musicians and friends. >> i thought i'd be doing a little bit better than i am right now, but i've been trying to get through it. >> he didn't care about the personal attention to himself. he was all about giving -- empowering others to look and sound good. >> according to a statement from the couple's mormon church, 11 members of their family are planning to hold a news conference later today in london. well, still ahead right here, the vote happening today that could send an nfl team to las vegas.
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breaking news overnight from japan where an avalanche roared into a ski resort this morning. a desperate search is under way for several people who are missing. a large group of high school students was caught up in the slide. at least six of those students were found unconscious. others from the group are among the missing. the students were at the resort
taking part in a mountain climbing exercise when the avalanche took place. and back in this country, police in las vegas say there is no apparent reason for a deadly shooting on a public bus, their words here. a man sitting in the back of the bus opened fire killing one man and injuring another while the bus was stopped on the famed las vegas strip. now, police say the gunman then barricaded himself inside the vehicle prompting a four-hour standoff. they say the 55-year-old gunman is mentally ill. he is in custody this morning facing murder as well as other charges. a new report shows north carolina will pay a heavy price for the so-called bathroom bill. the controversial law eliminates protections for the lgbtq community. an analysis by the associated press finds it will cost the state nearly $4 billion in lost business over the next 12 years. north carolina lost the nba all-star game and other events due to that measure. the head of chicago's police union is expected to meet with president trump in washington this week. the president has repeatedly
mentioned the city's soaring crime rate, particularly its alarming spike in murders. the union leader is also scheduled to meet with justice department officials following a report that found civil rights abuses permeated chicago's police force. and this accident in arizona is the reason that uber's pilot program for self-driving cars has been temporarily suspended. police say a second vehicle failed to yield to the uber suv which was making a turn and ended up on its side. two people inside the uber vehicle were not hurt. but uber says its driverless car will be off the roads in arizona, pittsburgh and san francisco while it investigates. >> so, human error. not the fault of the car. >> sounds like a good idea. so it was another beauty of a weekend for disney's latest blockbuster. the live action remake of "beauty and the beast" from, of course, our parent company led the box office for the second consecutive week. it brought in $88 million in ticket sales. the film, by the way, has
already grossed more than $300 million. >> i'm looking forward to seeing that one. when we come back, new details in the disappearance of a teacher and his student. how investigators say they communicated before their disappearance. plus, the new video of the teen. and the final four is set after a couple of nail biters. everyday life brings challenges; big and small. but when i feel my best, i am my best. and it all starts with a healthy routine. that's why i'm taking the activia probiotic two week challenge and enjoying activia yogurt twice a day. activia with billions of its exclusive probiotic helps take care of what's inside so you can focus on being your best no matter what you do. take the activia probiotic two week challenge with me. it works or it's free.
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airport delays are possible because of mother nature in memphis, new york and philadelphia. but to ohio now and in cincinnati where police are staying mostly tight-lipped about their investigation of a deadly nightclub shooting. >> one man was killed at the cameo club when a dispute escalated into a shoot-out. 15 others were wounded. no arrests have been made, and authorities say there is no link to terrorism. they're looking into how the guns made it past security. new images out this morning of kidnapped tennessee teenager elizabeth thomas, her family releasing video of the 15-year-old. we're also getting to hear her voice for the first time. this comes as authorities released new information on how thomas and her 50-year-old former teacher communicated in the first place. investigators say she and tad cummins left messages for each other on a school computer and then erased those messages. they've been missing for nearly two weeks. it's happened again. high winds grabbing ahold of a bounce house. this time it happened at a
family day picnic at a church in orlando. several children were inside the house at the time. two children and an adult trying to hold the house down were injured badly enough to be taken to the hospital. church members say they thought the house was secured to the ground properly. okay, so overseas now there is word this morning that two contractors are under arrest after a frightening incident involving an escalator in hong kong. all of a sudden you can see here the up escalator at the mall starts moving in reverse and it's actually going double the speed. reports out of china say at least 18 people were injured. the contractors are reportedly accused of tampering with some of the escalator's parts. and here at home an ordinary day inside an animal hospital until that happened. this is in north carolina. a runaway car slammed through the clinic's front wall. the office manager sent flying but crawled out from under the rubble. she was unharmed. no humans or animals were actually injured.
the driver reportedly of course hit the gas pedal instead of the brake. the clinic owner says it could have been worse. two other employees who were usually behind the front desk were out running errands. >> could have been worse, that's right. now, some sports and today is decision day on whether the oakland raiders may be moving to las vegas. nfl owners are expected to approve the move, but the raiders are expected to play a few more seasons in oakland while their new stadium in vegas is built. a move would make the raiders the third nfl franchise to switch cities in the last few years. and 68 are now down to 4. the ncaa men's basketball tournament's final four is all set, and the last game of the weekend may have been the best so far. >> it was the best. it was. it was north carolina and kentucky, the two top seeds in the southeast area. they met up in memphis. it was back and forth for awhile. late in the second half, though, the tar heels were up by three. then the wildcats' malik monk throws up the three with two
guys even hanging on him. he hit it, so it was a tie at 73 with 8 seconds left. >> 8 seconds left. >> and then north carolina comes right back down the court. luke maye puts up the jumper and, boom, everybody goes wild. the tar heels are up 2 with less than a second left. so, kentucky then has a chance at the long inbound pass, and it's a no go. unc wins, 75-73. the tar heels are in the final four for the second straight year and increased their record to 20 overall, the best of all time when it comes to that. they're going to play oregon over the weekend. and in the first game of the day it was south carolina and florida in the east regional final. this is at msg here in new york city, gamecocks came back from a seven-point halftime deficit against their conference rival. south carolina, though, winning it in the end, 77-70. its only win in the tournament before this came back in 45
years ago. wow, the gamecocks reach the final four for the first time. they'll play another first timer in the national semis, gonzaga. >> gonzaga. >> yep. >> all right, up next in "the pulse," a lesson in good sportsmanship as a runner is carried across the finish line. and caught on camera, a gator gobbling up a golf ball. why? why? it's late it's an all nighter when are we even going to sleep? got a little all nighter refuel going on this is the best morning ever! look at that joy and excitement mmmmm
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used by family or guests of united employees. the airline enforces a dress code on people using the passes and spandex does not meet that code. the incident exploded on twitter >> yeah, including some celebs. seth rogen sarcastically saying, we here at united are just trying to police the attire of the daughters of our employees. that's all cool, right? and william shatner even pointed out wearing leggings on board is okay because he's done it before on "star trek." yeah, left with that mental image. several runners have made sure that the city of brotherly love lives up to its name. >> yeah, so a woman nearing the end of philadelphia's half marathon became so fatigued that her legs began to buckle, but two other runners came to her aid without missing a beat making sure that she never hit the ground. >> the men held the woman up and kept her on track until a third man went even further. he actually picked her up and carried her to the finish line. >> that's really cool.
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south bay. good morning on this monday, march 27th. yes, it has come back again. >> comes back so fast. glad you are with us. we have the whole team here, and we want to start with meteorologist, microphonke nicc. >> let's take a look outside. you can put the umbrellas away for a while, the showers from overnight are gone. let's talk about temperatures. that will be the big story today, and the breezes as we look at sutro tower. we will be in the mid-50s at noon, partly cloudy, and so cooler than average at 4:00, and at 7:00 about 55 to 57. streets a little wet when i drove in, alexis. >> yeah, i noticed the same
thing, and there was steady rain when i went to bed, but this is the bay bridge toll plaza and things are looking better, so i don't think we will have too many slick conditions, we could have a puddle here and there and be on the lookout for that, and we have doppler 7 on top of the maps, too. we will talk about the antioch bridge and the lingering construction coming up this week. and then the nfl owners sealing the raiders' fate. >> i think it will be interesting to see what he says about who to blame in all of this. amy holly field at the team's practice facility. >> reporter: he told our laura anthony if the team should move to vegas, fans should not blame
the team but him. and the nfl owners are expected to vote on whether the raiders would be allowed to move to vegas. davis said his team and coaches deserve to play in the first class stadium that las vegas is proposing. those who have been fighting to keep the raiders in oakland just can't believe this might happen. >> the deal is approved, i'll chuckle because it's a bad deal. i'm hopeful that the nfl owners have common sense regarding the fact that the biggest deal you cannot pencil out. >> raiders fans tried to send a message over the weekend that the team needs to stay in oakland and they marched around the coliseum site to show support for the team, but the feeling in phoenix is that the nfl owners will vote today in favor of letting the team move, and the owner of the new england patriots told reporters he
thinks the move sounds great. davis thinks raiders fans in oakland and l.a. will travel to vegas to watch this team. reporting live in alameda, hollyfield, abc7 news. >> we think the east bay fans are the best in professional sports, they are rabid, they are knowledgeable and have a habit of rooting for championship teams so to see fans of lose out is not something we are looking for. >> and she is going to be at the meeting to figure out what is happening and will bring any breaking developments. follow her @lauraanthony7. tracking